A few months ago, I started exploring the capacity of low cost 3D printing.
Using a small 3D UP! PP3DP http://www.up3dusa.com/
I started producing house products with a little design touch. I got to learn the capacities of this incredible technology and wanted to push the machine to it's limit. The goal was to produce a functionnal, yet aesthetic object that would use the entire UP! printing area , use a minimum of material, require no support and be mixed to existing standard objects (following the idea of Project RE_ http://www.instructables.com/id/Project-RE-by-Samuel-Bernier/)
I then designed this collection of lampshades that can be screwed unto any threaded suspension kit.
The materials used are ABS and PLA. A designer lamp like that cost hundreads of dollars. With open source design like Project RE_, you can produce them yourself for only 4$ a piece!
Printing time varies between 3 to 9 hours.
(sorry, I had to remove the 3D printing files for professional reasons)
Step 1: What you will need
IKEA suspension kit : 5$
60w incandescent Light bulb or fluocompact
A 3D printer with minimum a 5.5 inch x 5.5 inch printing table
I work with an UP! PP3DP and I think it Does a WONDERFUL job for only 1 700$
Step 2: Choose a model
I already printed 5 different models, all with the same shape, but different patterns.
Step 3: WIRES
This one is my favourite, but unfortunatly... the file is too big. You can find it on Thingiverse : http://www.thingiverse.com/samuel
Step 4: DIAMONDS
Step 5: DOTS
Step 6: STRIPES
Step 7: SQUARES
Some models may cause problems. The square lamps shade had some problems printing and skipped a few layers. Instead of trowing it away, I decided to re_glue the unfinished parts into an other design. See picture below.
Step 8: Spiral
This one was never produced because of its complexity. If you want to try... go ahead!
Step 9: ROOTS
Still working on that one.